The Denel Technical Academy has cancelled 39 apprenticeships without impartial reason than to say the Ikatisong School of Governance has not renewed the contract.
The students enrolled for a three-year apprenticeships sponsored by Ikatisong in aircraft mechanics, fitter and turner, electricity and welding with Denel in 2018.
However, they would have completed their respective qualifications by the end of this year.
In addition, students received a letter from Denel that abruptly ended their studies. The DA said that this is result of years of poor management and lack of planning.
During State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered in February 2020, North West Premier, Job Mokgoro, indicated that the Ikatisong School of Governance will undergo a comprehensive turnaround to address socio-economic challenges.
“This was another empty promise by the North West Provincial Government, with a youth unemployment rate of almost 50% in the province, snatching away the few available opportunities, is unbearable,” said DA.
According to DA, North West Government failed to honour their commitment to the youth of this province.
For months, students have been sent from pillar to post in their attempt to find answers from the Office of the Premier.
The Premier must disclose the reasons why the funding was halted and also whether there is a mitigation plan to ensure that students complete their qualification.
The DA calls for a thorough investigation that will reveal what processes were followed to award the bursaries and also who the individuals behind the termination is.